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The Rural Roadway expansion of the Virginia Smart Roads opened on November 19, 2020.

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A research vehicle passes a tractor during a safety demonstration on the Rural Roadway test bed.

Rural test bed pioneers a new frontier of vehicle research

The Rural Roadway Expansion, which was unveiled by Virginia Tech, VTTI, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on Nov. 19, is the first research facility created to test automated driving systems and other next-generation technologies in a rural setting.

Aerial view of the Rural Roadway expansion

New leadership team positions VTTI for success

As VTTI looks to the future, it recognizes that modern transportation challenges need modern solutions. A new leadership team has been tasked with overseeing an updated research and administrative program that will increase the institute’s agility in addressing current and future transportation needs for its partners.

Vehicles on the Smart Roads

VTTI is developing the work zone of the future

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to develop the work zone of the future, improving work zone safety through new technology.


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